Stanford has named Ryan Burns its starting quarterback, head coach David Shaw announced after practice on Wednesday evening.
A senior, Burns did not throw a pass last season. The only dent he recorded on the Cardinal’s stat sheet was 13 rushing yards on four carries.
Shaw also noted junior Keller Chryst will also see action in Stanford’s opener against Kansas State next Friday night.
“Ryan Burns will start and play a good chunk of the game,” said Shaw. “Keller Chryst will play as well. We’re going to play both guys and try to win a game.
“There hasn’t been a huge separation between the two. Both guys have played extremely well. Ryan has been enough ahead to get the nod.”
Burns has completed one pass in his career — a 13-yard connection against UC Davis in 2014.
Given that lack of experience, it’s a safe bet Burns’ (and Chryst’s) top objectives will be “get it to Christian,” “get it to Christian,” and “for the love of all that’s holy, get it to Christian.”
Stanford enters the season with an FBS-leading streak of 13 straight games reaching at least 30 points.